MONTROSE, Colo. (Oct 13, 2010) – Volunteers from the Western Slope Four Wheelers recently contributed 84 hours of labor for the BLM Colorado Montrose OHV Trail Crew’s National Public Lands Day Extreme Rock Crawling Trails Project.
Four volunteers worked on Boulder Canyon Trail, placing six winch anchors to discourage future use of trees for winching. The other eight volunteers accompanied the BLM's OHV Trail Crew to the Die Tryin, Cactus, and Topless extreme rock crawling trails. The crew loaded and delivered six steel signs that totaled 2500lbs.
“The amount of work that was accomplished in one day was incredible,” said Blake Treadway, BLM Montrose Outdoor Recreation Planner. "It would have taken the BLM’s small OHV Crew weeks."
The new signs will identify the trails, rules, and required equipment for rock crawlers visiting the area. The next step, which is currently under way, is painting and applying decals on the signs.
The BLM manages more land - more than 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.